In the midst of these crazy times, there are things to celebrate. There are weddings, there are birthdays, there are births, there are anniversaries, there are graduations. Perhaps you have outdoor space and a way to gather a group safely. Or perhaps you are celebrating in a quieter fashion, a family affair, a handful of close friends. However you choose to celebrate the milestones in your life, things tend to feel a whole lot more festive when there is the sound of a cork being popped from a bottle of Champagne.
Before we get to the bubbly, let’s talk about a menu. On “average” days (are there average days anymore?) many of us are shopping and cooking with budget in mind. And this menu is festive, and features one of my favorite entrees ever, Spicy Chicken Milanese, but it won’t break the bank at all.
A thin chicken cutlet is dipped in a blend of eggs, Dijon mustard, and a bit of cayenne, and then dredged in panko breadcrumbs. After it’s pan-fried up to crispy perfection, it gets topped with a refreshing arugula and tomato salad. A bit of Parmesan on top, some lemon juice, and this brightly colored, brightly flavored summery meal is complete.
Which leaves you cash to treat yourself to a very nice bottle of champagne. Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut – while a treat – is very well priced for true Champagne, which can only be produced in the Champagne region of France. There are a lot of sparkling wines out there; there is only one Champagne.
And there is only one Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut. Structured and full-bodied. A juicy pear and golden grape kind of thing going on. The finish narrows to citrus and grapefruit flavors. Close your eyes and sip and see what you can taste. If you’re wondering why the label looks so familiar it’s possibly because this is the Champagne that gets sipped by the poshest of the posh at many red carpet events (perhaps you’ve heard of a little awards ceremony called the Oscars?).
This champagne goes perfectly with Parmesan cheese, salty things, fried foods, chicken, fish, and spicy foods. So we are pairing it here with a Spicy Chicken Milanese, which covers a number of these categories.
Plus some minty orzo and I don’t want to spoil the end, but let’s just say it’s chocolate, and a good reason to save that last half glass for the dessert.
Saturday Supper #7: The Menu
There is a wonderful contrast between the hot crispy chicken and the cool, herby cherry tomato and arugula salad, but this is also just fantastic at room temperature.
One of those simple perfect sides that goes with everything.
Rich and chocolatey and hits all the best notes. The fudgy topping over the chocolate buttercream is truly easy yet optional (but you know you want it).
I really hope you have a reason to celebrate in the coming weeks. This marks the end of the Saturday Supper series, but I hope to be bringing you some more excellent Terlato wines very soon.
I raise my glass to you.
Other Saturday Suppers:
- Saturday Supper #1: A Roasted Chicken Dinner to Hunker Down With
- Saturday Supper #2: The Pork Loin That Will Go on Rotation
- Saturday Supper #3: Shrimp Scampi Loves Pinot Grigio (and So Do I)
- Saturday Supper #4: The Salmon Avocado Salad You’ve Been Dreaming Of
- Saturday Supper #5: A Provence-Inspired Dinner for Summer
- Saturday Supper #6: A Summery Mediterranean Seafood Stew